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Super Cool Guys

At an age when many youngsters would be seeking employment or just settling down in their first job, this trio is busy marketing the AC helmets they have developed. In a couple of months they have made sales worth Rs 8 lakh, says Rama Devi Menon

Voice for Voiceless

Till recently, imported voice prosthesis for cancer patients were expensive at between Rs 15,000 and Rs 35,000, which many could not afford. But bringing joy to poor patients, Dr U S Vishal Rao has developed one for just Rs 50, says Usha Prasad

The Rural Innovator

Barely out of his teenage Yogesh Nagar is already the proud inventor of a driverless tractor in his village in Rajasthan. From being a dutiful son to turning into a serial innovator, his story is inspirational on many levels, says Gurvinder Singh

Microfactories for E-Waste

An IIT-trained Australian scientist of Indian origin at the University of New South Wales has helped launch the world's first microfactory that can transform electronic waste (e-waste) into copper, tin, and plastic filaments for 3D printing

Life Saving Innovation

A Pune-based firm has developed a mini ambulance that can be pulled by a motorbike, which is ideal for both city and rural conditions. It can also be used as a makeshift clinic with all out-patient and diagnostic facilities, says Mohammed Shafeeq

Marketing cowdung

The cow is in the news again - this time because three entrepreneurs from Rajasthan’s Kota city have taken their 15-year-old dairy farming family business to the next level and are now selling cowdung cakes on an e-tailing site, says Anil Sharma

Water from air

In a major scientific breakthrough that has the potential to meet mankind’s water needs, scientists in the US have developed a device that extracts potable water from ambient air using only sunlight as the energy source, reports K S Jayaraman

Cool innovator

As many cities in India are reeling under the impact of the scorching summer heat, Ajuli Tulsyan spoke to the chief innovator of Dhama Innovations, Kranthi Kiran Vistakula, whose cooling seats and cooling caps might bring relief to many

Saving soles

Two young entrepreneurs from Mumbai are refurbishing old sports shoes into trendy and colourful sandals and donating it to poor people with help from corporates. They have also sold Rs 5 lakh worth of chappals online, says Somma Banerjjee

Art from waste

Things that usually end up in landfills are being turned out into beautiful works of art and utility products by a growing band of artists and entrepreneurs in the country who swear by the mantra “don’t waste the waste,” says Surekha Kadapa-Bose

Cooling effect

An energy efficient hybrid AC developed by Indore based innovator Pranav Mokshmar can reduce your AC electricity bill by 90 per cent, says Narendra Kaushik. Launched in January this year, the company has already sold units worth Rs one crore

Sky riders

An Indian engineer Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya, along with Emil Jacob, a research associate at MIT, has designed a mini train that can run on narrow streets on tracks suspended in the air, providing last mile connectivity, says Narendra Kaushik

Cool clothes

A new textile which has been created on the premise that “if you can cool the person rather than the building where they work or live” it will save energy, might keep people cool without AC  

Low-cost hygiene

By designing a terracotta incinerator, costing just one tenth of the incinerator that runs on electricity, Shyamsunder Bedekar of Gujarat has ushered in a revolution in women’s hygiene in rural and semi-rural areas, says Kavita Kanan Chandra

Cool relief

Overhearing a home tutor’s physics lecture to his son, Ashis Paul of Grey Dhaka designed a cooling devise, bringing relief to poor Bangladeshis reeling under heat without power, says G Singh

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